Alicia Keys Album ‘Written About Her Depression’

Alicia “The Princess of Soul” Keys has revealed just how personal her new album ‘The Element of Freedom’ is. The record was written about her depressed feelings following the death of her grandmother. “With the last album, I was really trying to find myself and I was feeling extremely overworked.” Alicia says. “I was snappy, […]

Justin Duchscherer’s depression

Justin Duchscherer’s (“The Duke Of Hurl”) agent, Damon Lapa, said Tuesday that the free agent right-hander has made excellent progress with his clinical depression. Lapa described Duchscherer as “A happier and healthier person,” and said he’s working hard toward readying himself for the 2010 season. He’s reportedly drawing a good deal of interest around the […]

45,000 fans, pay last respects to Robert Enke

More than 45,000 fans gathered Sunday at the Hannover stadium for a memorial service for Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke, whose suicide has shaken the country. “Robert Enke will never come back to this stadium, the place where he conquered our hearts,” Hannover club president Martin Kind said at the beginning of the ceremony. “But it […]

Is your antidepressant causing fluid retention?

Everyone knows that a bag of salty fries and a big Mac can make your ankles swell up like fire hydrants because the body so wants to dilute the salt that it traps fluid in bod tissues but did you know that antidepressants can also be part of the problem?

Water retention can have many causes such as a long flight on a plane, hormonal changes during menstruation, standing for long stints, pregnancy. Even a hot day can cause swelling. Venous insufficiency is part of the cause and too. When this happens it damages valves in the legs’ which hinders blood flow back to the heart. Hence, fluid collects in the legs and feet. This is called edema. Damaged veins then leak fluid (blood plasma that is mostly water) into nearby tissue. Sometimes edema is caused by heart, kidney or liver disease. When this happens water accumulates in the lungs, abdomen and elsewhere.

Peripheral edema, term for swelling or fluid buildup in the lower legs or hands, can also be induce by pharmaceutical SSRI antidepressants like: Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, Xanax, Wellbutrin, Celexa and Effexor. Tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline and the antianxiety drug Xanax can as well. Nortriptyline Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, Advil and Aleve can also aggravate edema. So can the diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia. Two classes of blood pressure medications can also aggravate edema as well as calcium-channel blockers Amlodipine and Norvasc. ACE inhibitors such as Enalapril, Vasotec and Lisinopril and Prinivil.

During sleep the body can re-absorb some excess fluid. But, we should all be concerned if swelling continues or worsens, especially if it is accompanied by shortness of breath as this probably indicates a life-threatening condition such as heart failure or kidney, liver or thyroid disease. In the case of heart failure, the abdomen, legs and lungs swell because the heart is too weak to pump blood. That allows fluid to accumulate.

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Oxytocin: Something to Bark About

Everyone knows that looking into a dogs eyes is a nice thing to do. Every wondered why the dog-human bond is so powerful? According to Japanese scientists it is oxytocin, the bonding hormone. A new study found that oxytocin is just as critical a component of the human/canine bond as it is the human/human bond. Researchers (Nagasawa, Kikusui, Onaka, and Ohta) believe that oxytocin causes us to employ the same signals with our dogs that we use with our own children. Furthermore, these signals have played a big role in the domestication of dogs

Oxytocin, pets, and pain. Oxytocin is a natural analgesic. One study demonstrated how adults in pet therapy while recovering from total joint-replacement surgery required 50% less pain medication than those who recover without the additional support. It was found that the oxytocinergic neurons project to other brain areas (Sofroniew 1985) which had the effect of elevating the pain threshold. Dogs with higher levels of pain also had elevated oxytocin in their urine. This is a good time to remind ourselves that pain isn’t always all about us. Sometimes our dogs are in pain and we need to remain sensitive to them as they too often suffer in silence.

If your dog seems a little off—maybe he is reluctant to climb the stairs (bad back? Hips?) or seems withdrawn and inactive (fever? Stomach ache?) he or she may be in some unidentified pain. Ironically, oxytocin helps us to open our eyes and see more accurately the nonverbal clues our pets (and children, and parents and friends . . . ) exhibit such that we can make a better assessment of whether or not a ride to the doctor is required. Just remember that the power of oxytocin does not stop with our ability to bond with our dog, (and vis a vis) but our ability to truly “see” and be seen by them. By the way reptiles don’t make oxytocin but they do make a form of it called arginine vasotocin. I will be discussing this in another blog about the evolution of emotion and mammals and lizards and frogs.

Sandra Bullock suffered serious bouts of depression during the filming of “Gravity”

Locked in a black isolation tank for up to 10 hours at a time ‘Gravity’, actress Sandra Bullock succumbed to serious bouts of “situational depression.”

“It was very lonely,” said the actress. So much so that her director, Alfonso Cuaron had to keep a close eye on her to ensure she could function. Alfonso was aware of her condition because he had cameras constantly on her face “He would be like, ‘She’s cracking, she’s cracking, go get the kid’,” Bullock said on a recent talk show. Alfonso even built a parallel set, a virtual wonderland outside the set just so that they had access and could bring him to her for those moments when she was really down and needed a lift. “I was depressed, I was angry, I would get so sad because it was a black room, no human contact, they took away sound… Sandra has recently made it clear that her three year old son Louis is her first priority, so it’s no surprise that he has the power to lift her out of her depression.

Are you Depressed?

Research has now shown that depression symptoms may overlap and one of the conditions may not be accurately diagnosed, please feel free to review the following protocols for all 14 forms of depression.

Sandra Bullock suffered serious bouts of depression during the filming of “Gravity”.

National Depression Screening Day

Depression isn’t simple. When we are truly depressed our friends usually can’t reach us—because we don’t want friends around. And the phone, texts, and door goes unanswered. Basically, such people are becoming their own worst enemy and are more attracted to self-persecution rather than comfort. Finding your way out of the unique prison of your own depression must begin with accepting and valuing yourself.

  We know this is much more easily said than done which is why we offer so many alternatives to support your way out of the bell jar (Sylvia Plath described her depression as being trapped under a bell jar) or that dark alleyway that seems to stretch into infinity, but here is a fundamental idea for a way out.

  Accept and value yourself. Accepting yourself means no longer having to live in the past, feeling guilty about your wickedness, or in the future, fearing what is to come. Instead, you can live in the present and be, if not happy, than not unhappy, in the here and now. Treat yourself as your own best friend. Never think of yourself as not good enough. Never say anything against yourself that can potentially bring you down. As you become your own best friend by doing for yourself what you always wanted in a best friend, the universe will start to answer you in like and kind.

Isolation, Depression and Human Growth Hormone in Aging Men

Social withdrawal is typically one of the first signs of depression. It is especially pronounced in older men. This iinfluences not just psychosocial well-being but their physical health. “When we’re clinically depressed, there’s a very strong urge to pull away from others and to shut down,” says Stephen Ilardi, PhD, author of books including The Depression Cure and associate professor of psychology at the University of Kansas. “It turns out to be the exact opposite of what we need.” “In depression, social isolation typically serves to worsen the illness and how we feel,” Ilardi says. “Social withdrawal amplifies the brain’s stress response. Social contact helps put the brakes on it.”

One recent study investigated relationships between loneliness, health, and depression in 217 older men over the age of 65. The men completed a self-report of loneliness, social support, depression, and physical health. Lonely men reported much higher scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) with a significant response to declining health and functional impairment. Retirement is a big problem. Physical mobility is also important. Much of it comes back to the loss of women in their lives. Women are usually far more social and naturally assume management of the social activities in a relationship. Women are constantly coming up with ideas to get both of them out of the house. If they are no longer in the picture men become lost and gradually withdraw altogether. The loss of family and friends, gay partners and other companions (check: dogs and cats) were very significant.

As older men begin to physically fall apart their endocrine systems (the hormonal system and shock absorber to their well being) begins to cannibalize their general health and well-being leaving them even more tired, depressed and at a loss as to what to do. Of course the older they feel the older they act and so on and so forth. More begets more. Or, in this case less becomes less and they eventually find themselves in a vacuum of social nothingness, with nothing to look forward to, and not a clue as to how to get out of it.

One of the best ways to address age related depression and chronic disease is by supporting the endocrine system with homeopathic human growth hormone. Not only does it roll back the clock on how they feel, but how they look. By reintroducing the vibrational signature of HGH on a sub-atomic level the body begins to release more of its own HGH. The net effect is that everything seems to look better—the sky is bluer, the grass is greener—they have more energy, they feel like moving around, walking the walk, talking the talk . . even talking on the phone! Homeopathic HGH is not to be confused with shooting high exogenous doses of HGH. That can be dangerous. Homeopathic human growth hormone (HGH) is actually a way for old men (and women) to remind their bodies, via a super low dose, that life is still worth living and can be done so vitally, no matter what your birth certificate says. Here is a link to read more.

Depressed Smokers more likely to Quit then Non-Depressed Smokers

Washington: A new study reviewed in the Cochrane Library finds that depressed smokers are more likely to successfully quit than their non-depressed counterparts. Moreover, they stop smoking longer and benefit overall from mood management interventions after they quit smoking. The lead researcher Regina van der Meer, at the Dutch Expert Centre on Tobacco Control studied 49 randomized controlled trials, including 33 trials that focused on smoking cessation. The way we look at it, it is all about anticipation. By not smoking and exercising discipline smokers are able to release more dopamine than if they were to smoke. Dopamine is the anticipation neurotransmitter. Nicotine triggers dopamine release. This is why cigarettes are so addictive. Cocaine also triggers dopamine release. Gambling releases dopamine release. Now you can raise your dopamine naturally and quit smoking with ,NeuroPlex: a dopamine, oxytocin, brain endorphin sublingual formulation.

Piracetam and its Effects on the Brain

Piracetam reverses the effects of aging in the brain. Piracetam also appears to be effective in treating cognitive impairment in alcoholism. Piracetam is useful as a long-term treatment for clotting, coagulation, and vasospastic disorders such as deep-vein thrombosis as it operates through the novel mechanism of inhibiting platelet aggregation and enhances blood-cell deformability. Some research suggests that piracetam’s overall effect on lowering depression and anxiety is even higher than memory improvement. Piracetam has become a popular supplement in the subculture of lucid dreaming. Its use has been largely made popular by a book published by Thomas Yuschak titled Advanced Lucid Dreaming The Power of Supplements. A daily dose of 4.8 grams is considered optimal.